Madonie and Nebrodi are among the most suggestive landscapes in Sicily, a small millennial world that must be seen and savored slowly.
The Madonie mountains are ideal for hiking, horseback riding, wonderful to cross on foot, with a mountain bike, or riding a donkey.
We are in the Madonie Regional Park, a natural reserve with rare geological sites: let’s take a camera and go for a hike along the trails and roads.
Let’s start from Collesano, not far from Palermo, an ancient feudal land where many monastic orders resided and founded many churches. The art of ceramics in Collesano has its roots in the second half of the sixteenth century. Let’s visit the Museo della Targa Florio that contains an important and evocative collection of photos, unpublished documentaries, objects and memorabilia from the hardest and most fascinating road race of all time, the legendary “Targa Florio”.
In Isnello, some great embroiderers work with the old method of filet; there, let’s go to the Museo Trame di filo.
Let’s proceed on the provincial road and, surrounded by a stunning landscape, we arrive at Castelbuono. Let’s visit the Matrice Vecchia with the statue of Madonna degli Angeli by Gagini and then go up to the Castle, which was built in 1316 by Francesco I of Ventimiglia; inside, there is the eighteenth-century Cappella Palatina, decorated with fine stucco work. Let’s not miss the Matrice Nuova, which houses works by Antonello da Messina and Giuseppe Velasquez, and the Museum Parco delle Madonie.